It’s a Viking-inspired pop-up bar and it’s taking over Victoria Gardens for the festive season – get ready for drinks at Thor’s Tipi Bar.
It’s back! Thor’s Tipi Bar returns to Victoria Gardens from Friday 17th November to Sunday 31st December 2017, which means you’ve got loads of time to stop by for a festive drink in the Viking’s den. And we’re not just talking about booze – they’ve got a special hot chocolate station for designated drivers and kids, so everyone can get in on the action.
Thor’s Tipi started life in York, but it made its way over to Leeds after the German Market got shot of its famous Frankfurter Scheune, giving us a new place to party the night away, albeit in a slightly more chilled out setting. Their distinctive tipis are made by PapaKåta and they’re filled with rustic charm – so while it may not be oompah bands and steins, it certainly has a cosy winter feel to it. Think open fires, fairy lights and holly.
“The bar is black and emblazoned with Thor’s wings,” Co-founder, Maria Farrugia, told us. “It’s just special. Low lighting, candles, you can come in and soak up our festive atmosphere while taking in the hustle and bustle around you. Our seating is quite relaxed. It’s not a restaurant, it’s a snug – it’s somewhere you can cosy up, warm yourself up by the fire with a glass of mulled wine and just enjoy the fact that it’s Christmas.”
So, what will you be filling your belly with? Well, they’ve got all your favourite Christmas tipples. Mulled wine is the order of the day – their Scandi Glühwein is flavoured with cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and spices. But that’s just the beginning. You can get hot cider for the same price, with all your favourite spirits and mixers, and a selection of vino.
Fancy beer? Thor’s Tipi Bar has teamed up with Leeds Brewery for the second year to offer you your favourite local brews, so you can sup Leeds Pale and Leodis Lager. But they’re not the only ones because this year you’ll also be able to enjoy Loki Lager, Freya Blonde Goddess and Löwenbrau. And if you fancy cider, there’s Rekorderlig Strawberry and Lime Cider.
And then there’s the hot chocolate station. It comes with whipped cream and marshmallows, and you can add toppings like Mint Aero, Kit Kat or Flake Crush. Want to give it a little more punch? You can get a spiked version with Baileys, Amaretto, Cherry Brandy, Crème De Menthe or Orange Curacao.
The food comes courtesy of The Mussel Pot, but the name’s a bit deceiving. There won’t be any mussels, it’s a Viking-inspired BBQ menu of winter warmers designed especially for Thor’s Tipi Bar.
“They’ve come up with a brand new winter menu just for us,” Maria explained. “They’re offering Viking meat boats, so you can get BBQ roast pork shoulder, freshly pulled with skin-on fries and slaw with hot BBQ sauce and pickles, or slow-cooked beef brisket and burnt ends served with the same, but this time with bourbon BBQ sauce, which is delicious. Then there’s the sticky chicken, which is served with honey and mustard sauce and there’s even a grilled garlic Portobello mushroom for the vegetarians.”
You don’t have to book, but they do get busy, so it’s best to arrive early. That said, if you’re coming with a group of 10 or more, you can reserve a private area – get in there quick though, last year, they booked out super fast.
Thor’s Tipi Bar will take over Victoria Gardens (outside Leeds Art Gallery) from Friday 17th November to Sunday 31st December 2017.